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    • POEM: Daffodils by Ted Hughes (10/26/2006 9:29:00 PM)

      I have only recently become fully acquainted with Ted Hughes' poems and life. I find it interesting how he seems to return to the same themes. I met him in London in the late 1970s. He told me he was a poet but I didn't know much else. At lunch in a restaurant called The Pot in London one afternoon I mentioned that I liked Daffodils since each table had a bud vase with daffodils in them. He wrote me a poem on a napkin, which I still have, called Daffodil. It seemed a rather cynical poem. It begins by describing the attractive attributes of the flower but ends by saying it will be buffered and bruised by natures force only to be anulled and hardened to what life lies ahead or to slain by the bold steel of mans mind.

      He seemed to be a man with demons. I wish I had known him better.